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CBS News outlines jobs and robotics debate; IFR fills in gaps

CBS News, and reporter David Pogue, displayed some new technologies threatening jobs, while the International Federation of Robotics suggested that deploying robots actually increases jobs. Are either...
13 April 2017, by

IFR’s two reports for 2015 show double-digit growth for remainder of decade

Each year the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) surveys and tabulates data from its worldwide network of robotics associations. The two 2016 annual World Robotics Industrial Robots and World...
17 October 2016, by

Industrial robot sales for 2015 set a new record

In a flurry of press releases, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) revealed details of 2015 industrial robot sales of 240,000 units. This set a new sales record and reflected an 8...
18 April 2016, by

First look at 2015 statistics on industrial robots from the IFR report

A first look at numbers from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) report on industrial robots shows that worldwide robot sales grew again in 2015, and were 15% more than 2014. Explosive grow...
13 February 2016, by

IFR predicts double digit growth for service robots through 2018

The service robotics industry is relatively new, diverse and picking up steam daily. Service robotics covers every activity except those described as industrial. These are robots that perform useful t...
05 October 2015, by

IFR predicts 15% industrial robot growth through 2018

At a press event to launch the IFR's World Robotics Industrial Robots statistical review of 2014 (with projections through 2018), the $1,350 report forecasts a 15% CAGR, thereby doubling the annual n...
02 October 2015, by


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2014 was another record year for robotics

2014 was another record year for robotics. The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) estimates that about 225,000 robots sold in 2014, 27% more than 2013’s best-year-ever record....
13 April 2015, by

Recent robotics transactions

New Chinese robotics investment fund; the RIA says 2014 North American robotics set new sales record; marine robotics company gets acquired. These stories and many more … ...
09 February 2015, by

2013 IFR stats; RIA Q3 results for US set new records

The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) recently released their annual statistical recap and four-year forecast for the robotics industry. The IFR produces two research books: one that covers...
27 October 2014, by

Q1 and Q2 2014 robot sales best ever

Following the International Federation of Robotics' (IFR) announcement earlier this year that 2013 set an all-time robotics record, the North American Robotics Industries Association announced that 2...
04 August 2014, by

IFR Maker/User Panel at AUTOMATICA

In a crowded back room at AUTOMATICA 2014 in Munich, the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) sponsored a panel of prominent robot users explaining their needs to a panel of executives represent...
11 June 2014, by

IFR reports record 2013 industrial robot sales

At a press conference this morning at AUTOMATICA 2014 in Munich, International Federation of Robotics (IFR) President Arturo Baroncelli announced that 179,000 industrial robots were sold in 2013, a 12...
04 June 2014, by

168,000 robots were sold in 2013; 5% more than in 2012

Based on the results of the IFR Quarterly Statistics, the IFR estimates that in 2013 about 168,000 industrial robots were sold, 5% more than in 2012....
21 February 2014, by

Competing sales reports for industrial robotics

    Research and Markets, an online market research store, is offering a new $3,000 report, Global and Chinese Automotive Industrial Robotics Industry Report 2013-2014, with figure...
29 January 2014, by

A glimpse at our robotic future: 235 start-ups reviewed

Robotic start-up companies range from the whimsical to the amazing, from futuristic to topical, and from hubs of robotic activity in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York City (a new hub) and Switzerland t...
27 September 2013, by

Interesting conclusions from Israeli study on robot adoption

In a joint research study by Israel-based RoboLogics Ltd. and the Israeli Manufacturers Association, 72% of respondents considered that their processes were suitable for robotics automation. However, ...
24 August 2013, by

China now largest market for robots

The China International Robot Show CIROS was held July 2-5 in Shanghai. 30,000 people were expected to attend and 56 companies exhibited. Although most of the exhibitors were Taiwanese, Japanese, Kore...
12 July 2013, by

The great equalizer: How robotics frees manufacturers from consolidating in low-wage nations

These days it is hard to read an article about the future of robots that does not include a reference to jobs. As a pure roboticist I object to the constant connection between the two, but as a concer...
15 April 2013, by

Do industrial robots really have a positive impact on employment?

Do industrial robots really have a positive impact on employment? Of course they do and there are over 50 years of data proving that to be the case....
12 April 2013, by

Jobs by the numbers: Economic reports on the robotics and manufacturing industries

All the economics reports from a variety of stakeholders in one place! Don't forget to bookmark this page - we will update it as new reports become available. ...
09 April 2013, by

New report shows that robots CREATE jobs

... At an International Federation of Robotics (IFR) CEO Round Table held at Automate 2013, in Chicago, IFR executives presented a recap of a new research report on the positive impact of industrial r...
23 January 2013, by

2011 industrial and service robotics statistics

The International Federation of Robotics has released their 2012 books reflecting 2011 results, and projections for 2012-2015....
07 September 2012, by

Robotics is a highly fragmented industry with few common standards or platforms

Imagine being present at the birth of a new industry. It is an industry based on groundbreaking new technologies, wherein a handful of well-established corporations sell highly specialized devices for...
06 December 2011, by

Huge employer in China makes big step toward robots

Foxconn, a big contractor for Apple and others, breaks ground for robot facilities. It plans to replace 500,000 workers with 1 million robots. Workers are seen inside a Foxconn factory...
18 November 2011, by







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